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- INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Goldleaf Hydroponics
The focus of this internship will be reptile care and enclosure maintenance. At Goldleaf Hydroponics we have Bloomington’s largest collection on public display of reptiles and amphibians. Specimen include over 30 types of iguanas, geckos, lizards, monitors, chameleons, skinks, turtles, tegus, frogs, newts, salamanders, tortoises, snakes, and the collection frequently grows in diversity.
Daily care consists of removing uneaten food and waste from the enclosures, giving fresh water to the animals, feeding fresh vegetables and insects to the appropriate animals, and wiping down the tanks. Water based enclosures need periodic water tests and changes. Tanks with media need to be watered in when necessary, and high humidity enclosures need misted occasionally. Certain large lizards and tortoises need daily baths or soaks in water.The internship will also deal with the keeping and breeding of feeder insects like crickets, mealworms, superworms, flightless fruit flies, and rodents like mice and frozen rats. Intern is expected to devote 10 hours per week minimum at Goldleaf Hydroponics.
Animal behavior majors preferred. Requirements include experience with reptiles and experience with plants or horticulture is a bonus. Applicants should be comfortable handling various animals with a quick and steady hand. Attention to detail and initiative is a must as micromanaging the enclosures is the ultimate task. If time allows, the intern will have the opportunity to construct and convert existing tanks into bioactive enclosures using isopods and springtails to maintain a living ecosystem.
Must be able to work in warehouse environment and be able to lift 50 pounds frequently.
This is an approved ABEH-X473 Internship site.
- JOB POSTING: Mad 4 My Dog
Mad 4 My Dog (www.mad4mydog.com) is HIRING for a Grooming Assistant position and Pet Sitting positions. Grooming assistant is an entry level hourly position which includes bathing and drying dogs, clipping nails, and lots of cleaning. Pet Sitters stay in client homes with their pets and care for them, we have a high standard for the service we provide. Previous dog experience, professional or volunteer, is highly preferred. Please send resume to Madalyn at firstname.lastname@example.org and have references as well.
- CONFERENCE: Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology at Indiana University Bloomington
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Conference
Join us for our 23rd annual meeting
June 19-22, 2019
Indiana University Bloomington
- training/mentoring opportunities
- lectures and symposia
- poster sessions
For more information and to register for the meeting, visit https://sbn2019.indiana.edu
- SUMMER FIELD COURSE: Marine biology summer field course in South Africa
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to study biodiversity and further your marine biology skills in South Africa this summer? Cape RADD facilitates a 4 week field course for individuals or groups who want to learn more about the marine environment, conservation and research through hands on field experience and diver development. The Cape RADD course includes training in multiple data collection and field operation techniques, theoretical workshops on analysis techniques and tools like R, GIS, and Coral Point Count. Come spend a month abroad, scuba diving and freediving in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
As a Cape RADD student you will enrol in a fascinating and rewarding program that will put you under the water for a hands on experience and valuable contribution to the marine research projects taking place just outside Cape Town. Check us out on Facebook or Instagram to follow our story and see what our students are up to!
This program is ideal for students, graduates, divers, conservationists or just those with an interest in marine biology looking to gain extra knowledge and field experience in the marine sciences, to develop new skills and show some real life experience on their CV.
Visit http://www.caperadd.com or email email@example.com for more details.
Dylan Irion (Cand.Sci.Nat.)
Cape Research and Diver Development
- FIELD SCHOOL: DANTA Tropical Biology and Conservation Field Courses in Costa Rica 2019
UPDATED 3/18/2019 July 1, 2019
Danta is pleased to announce our 2019 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.
DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.
As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.
For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms - http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.
Sustainable Tourism: Evaluation and Implementation
Dates: July 29-August 11, 2019
Program fee: $2800
Application deadline: July 1, 2019
In this course, we explore the growing industry of nature tourism and gain an understanding of its benefits and costs. There is obvious educational value gained by tourists seeing wildlife in their own habitat and the mere presence of a tourist operation can provide a level of protection for wildlife species. Income generated by tourism is another major benefit, particularly when those funds are earned at the local level. However, there are many negative impacts of the tourism industry. Operations are often negligent of the needs and rights of local people, interfering with their customs and encroaching on their property. Moreover, pollution, degradation of the habitat, and negative effects on wildlife behavior can add to the costs of tourism. Thus, the term “ecotourism” was born. The “eco” part of ecotourism requires the tourism experience to be conducted in such a way to benefit wildlife, their habitats, and the people who live in and around the tourism site. This requires a careful approach to understanding the wildlife species being visited, protecting the environment, and assuring economic enhancement of relevant stakeholders. In this course, we will explore the impact of tourism on all stakeholders, including tour operators, tourists, governments, local people, and the wildlife themselves. The course will explore several case studies of nature tourism and we will visit a number of tourism sites. Students will work in small groups to develop a hypothetical ecotourism operation as part of the course requirement and develop a tourism assessment tool to be used as a potential accreditation system.
All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.
Enrollment in each course is limited to 10 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.
- GRADUATE PROGRAMS: University of Miami - Marine and Atmospheric Science Graduate Degree
Here is some information on our programs if you would like to send this out to students as well who are still trying to figure out what to do after graduation (PhD and MS are closed for Fall 2019, but Master of Professional Science is open through July 1st):
PhD and MS Opportunities at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School can be found here: https://www.graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/phd-assistanships/index.html All opportunities may not be listed (check back for more updates throughout the semester). If interested in applying, some faculty will take students on without having an Assistantship listed. Always a good idea to contact faculty!
Master of Professional Science (take the same courses as Ph.D. and MS students, but instead of a thesis/dissertation, you do an internship/research in the field with organizations such as NOAA, NPS, NGOs, etc. and 94% of students have a job in the field 6 months after graduation) applications are open through July 1st for Fall 2019 start:
Potential students can apply to both Ph.D./MS and MPS degrees (no extra costs). Just make sure to click the button inside the PhD/MS application. Applications can be found here:
- FALL 2020 CLASSES: ACI Seminar Flyer and Intro to ACI Methods
I400/590 Introduction to Animal-Computer Interaction Methods
INFO 400 - 34722 (Registration for this class requires permission of the instructor: email@example.com )
INFO 590 – 34723 (Both courses meet together)
Meets Mondays, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM in BH 246
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Martin, Department of Informatics and Indianapolis Zoo
Seminar in Animal-Computer Interaction
INFO 400/590 (I400 by permission: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuesday evenings, 5:45PM-8:15PM
Christena Nippert-Eng, Professor of Informatics
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- FIELD SCHOOL: Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition: Critically Endangered Anegada Iguana
Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition
Travel to the British Virgin Islands to help the Anegada iguana (Cyclura pinguis)
The Fort Worth Zoo is seeking participants to provide support for its Anegada iguana conservation project. All participants will play a direct role in conservation research and gain valuable skills in field methods.Flyer attached provides, dates, cost and contact information.
Long Service and Retiree Recognition Program
Administrative Assistant Linda Summers recently celebrated her 25th year at IU. Throughout the past 25 years, Linda has demonstrated over and over again her commitment to CISAB, her support for CISAB faculty and students, her extreme competence, and her willingness to go the extra mile to help CISAB grow and thrive. Because of her professionalism, combined with her bright, cheerful, and gracious demeanor and her poise and thoughtfulness, Linda is beloved by faculty, students, and staff. She is the bright and cheerful heart of CISAB, and we are so happy she’s stuck with us all this time!
2019 Animal Behavior Graduation Reception
On May 3, CISAB hosted a reception to celebrate this year’s graduating Animal Behavior majors. Friends and family of the graduates, along with CISAB faculty and staff and the Animal Behavior advisors, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and chatted before the ceremony, in which the CISAB Director introduced each graduate, shared a few words about their interests, plans, and formative events while at IU, and then presented the graduates with CISAB-themed mementos.
Animal Behavior Senior Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship will support my research at the University of Wyoming on cognition, problem-solving, and memory in wild raccoons and skunks. During my time at UW, I hope to develop an automated puzzle task for field studies that enables researchers to investigate behavior via a remote system in wild populations. Current methods require the capture of wild animals in order to asses their cognitive capabilities which can stress animals and confound any results obtained. A field-deployable task would allow researchers to compare wild populations in situ, such as rural and urban groups, to determine how habitat or food availability may affect cognition.
Mark your calendars for the 2020 Animal Behavior Conference
The 2020 Animal Behavior Conference is scheduled for March 27th-28th, 2020. To be held at the Monroe Convention Center, 302 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana